Youngsters party at library

BOOK loving youngsters gathered at Sidmouth Library to celebrate completing a summer-long reading game.

As part of a nationwide programme encouraging children to read, the library ran the six-week Space Hop game.

Participants had to read six books and chart their progress on a poster the library gave them.

The five-11 year olds could read anything they liked and, after every two books, they got a sticker.

Around 100 children started the game and those who reached six received a certificate, gold medal and glow-in- the dark bracelet.

To mark their efforts, a fancy dress party was held at the museum. Twenty-five children came along dressed as aliens, with their parents, and there was a competition for families, based on their knowledge of the library.

Devon’s head of libraries and information services, Ciara Eastell ,attended and cake and tea was laid on.

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Although the library has run the scheme previously, this is the first time such an event has been held.

Library manager Gill Spence said: “We thought we’d make a bit of a party out of it this year. It went really well, and caused a buzz among members of the public who were in the library at the time.”